Jacky “EternalEnVy” Mao’s world tour continues on.
“When we signed Team Team at the beginning of May for the MDL Major we had the highest of hopes for our success,” Beastcoast said in a statement. “Unfortunately since then our performance hasn’t been at the standard we set out for ourselves, so we mutually agreed that these changes were the best for our future success. We wish EternalEnvy and tmt all the best in their future careers.”
The move comes following Beastcoast’s failure to qualify for both the Epicenter Major and StarLadder Minor. This denies the organization the opportunity to qualify for The International 2019 through the Dota Pro Circuit. The organization will still have the chance to earn a spot in the event through the North America qualifiers.
The organization also announced a pair of trial additions to the roster. Replacing EternalEnVy is North American journeyman Ravindu “Ritsu” Kodippili, while Kartik “Kitrak” Rathi will plug the support hole left by TMT. The new Beastcoast lineup will debut at WePlay! Tug of War: Dire America on June 30 against a team led by former Team Team player Jason “Newsham” Newsham.
As for EternalEnVy, his future is far less certain.
Despite being one of the best carry players in North America, EternalEnVy has become one of the most broadly criticized figures in Dota 2. Though he was a fan favorite during his rise with organizations like Cloud9 and Team Secret, in recent years he has become best known for his cutthroat and generally unsuccessful roster manuevers.
The biggest example of this came in 2018 during his run with Fnatic, when the organization kicked longtime offlaner Khoo “Ohaiyo” Chong Xin in favor of former Evil Geniuses player Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora. More recently, he was widely criticized for the removal of Nico “Gunnar” Lopez from the Team Team roster in the middle of ESL One Mumbai.
Coupled with that souring public opinion has been a steep decline in competitive success and the willingness of organizations to take a chance on him. Though EternalEnVy has been largely attached to top esports brands throughout his career, the 2018-2019 Dota Pro Circuit season has seen him go from competing with a prominent outfit in CompLexity Gaming to bouncing between listless squads like Flying Penguins and Team Team.
Odds are that he will be able to find a new home in the coming months. If not, expect him to scrounge up four other players for a run in the TI9 open qualifiers.